R (on the application of Turley) v Wandsworth LBC & The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

21 Apr 2017

The Appellant, Susan Turley, was the long-term partner of the sole tenant of a four-bedroom house in Battersea Park.  The tenancy was a secure tenancy under the Housing Act 1985 (‘the Act’), and the landlord was the London Borough of Wandsworth, the First Respondent.  In 2010 there was a breakdown in the relationship between the Appellant and the tenant, and in December of that year he moved out of the property.  He returned in January 2012 but by then he was seriously ill, and he died in March 2012.  In his absence from the property the tenant did not give up the tenancy, leaving the Appellant and their younger children living there.

Ben Lask represented the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

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